From the Wikipedia entry for "Glorifying the American Girl":
"Glorifying the American Girl is a 1929 musical comedy film produced by Florenz Ziegfeld that highlights Ziegfeld Follies performers. The last third of the film (which was filmed in early Technicolor) is basically a Follies production, with cameo appearances by Rudy Vallee, Helen Morgan and Eddie Cantor.
The script for the film was written by J.P. McEvoy and Millard Webb and directed by John W. Harkrider and Millard Webb. The songs were written by Irving Berlin, Walter Donaldson, Rudolf Friml, James E. Hanley, Larry Spier and Dave Stamper. The film is in the public domain, and many prints exhibited on television are in black-and-white only, and do not include pre-Code material, such as nudity."
October 11, 2013 Subject:
Censored - but still Amazing.
So many names, phrases, images, pieces of music, and concepts became part of the American vernacular and culture thanks to the vision of Ziegfeld, this is a much watch for any student of American art, history, and culture. In setting out to Glorify the American Girl, he set a new standard for entertainment, and made it AMERICAN. He balanced the line of lust and desire, the lurid and the tasteful - folks like Vargas picked up on it - and I think ANY artist can still admire and learn from him today. If you can walk away from watching this without humming the bars of No Foolin' or any of the other music... you're soul is lost.
November 30, 2012 Subject:
The B&W version of this film, which is the DivX5 version of the film available here, is a censored version of the movie. The original film was 9 minutes longer and featured Technicolor segments. Thus, the Wikipedia description provided on this page is accurate regarding the original film, but does not coincide with the video available for download. It would be wonderful if IA could offer the complete film.
June 23, 2011 Subject:
Risquee by 1929 standards
The Swan Lake scene toward the end, where the girls walk off with little hiding their derrieres must have caused many men at the time to stay for the matinee!
Ziegfeld must have wanted to bring Americans the kind of shows that were common to Parisienners, e.g., with nudity, but he had to do it with thin costumes and illusions. I'd say he succeeded.
March 27, 2011 Subject:
Missing color sequence